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speaker did give us one flash of hope if you listen to his words very carefully. the u.s. is updating its military plans against syria as new intelligence shows assad's regime is loading sarin gas into bombs. and president obama's pot problem. let's go "outfront." >>> i'm tom foreman in for erin burnett. "outfront" tonight, the magic number after a whole week of harsh words here in washington and threats too, did house speaker john boehner hint ever so slightly at a compromise today that could finally edge us away from the dreaded fiscal cliff? it comes down to tax rates. this is a huge sticking point in the stalled negotiations between the president and mr. boehner. obama says the top rate on household income above $250,000 should rise from 35% to 39.6%. boehner wants the rate to stay at 35% or even lower. but what about meeting in the middle? around 37%? listen carefully to the speaker when he was asked today whether that rate could be the answer to this impasse. >> there are a lot of things that are possible. to put the revenue the president seeks on the table. but none of it's going t
an unmanned american drone after they say it came into restricted airspace. u.s. officials say they have accounted for all the drones. we are live in the middle east straight ahead. >>> in 28 days your paycheck will get smaller. in 28 days your taxes will go up. coming up, a new proposal from republicans to keep us from plunging over the fiscal cliff. >>> three storms in one week. the west coast is getting hammered by rain. a live report minutes away for you. good morning. welcome to "early start" this tuesday morning. i'm christine romans. >> i'm zoraida sambolin. it's 5:00 a.m. in the east. >>> we begin with breaking news. iran claiming it has captured a u.s. drone. this is video from state television in tehran it shows two revolutionary guard commanders examining what appears to be an intact scan eagle drone. we don't know if it's the one they claim they captured. moments ago a u.s. defense official told barbara starr the u.s. navy has fully accounted for all unmanned vehicles operating in the middle east region. we have the latest developments now from cairo. a u.s. source says that
of the key city aleppo. some rebels named by the u.s. state department terrorists. they designated a terrorist group linked to al qaeda in iraq. the department imposed sanctions. what does it mean to sort out good rebels from bad? nick paton walsh explains. >> reporter: not only look different, black flags, well armed and disciplined, they fight differently, too. using suicide tactics and mass casualty car bombs, radical extremists but undeniably effective. behind a stream of rebel victories, overrunning regime bases across syria, many thinking the end of assad is nearer than ever. why has the united states, who also want assad gone, black listed them as terrorists? >> we've had concerns that al nusra is little more than a front for al qaeda in iraq who has moved some of its operations into syria. >> reporter: that link clear in the document filed monday, al nusra deemed not a new group, another name for al qaeda in iraq. u.s. officials believing insurgents who kill americans in iraq fighting for rebels against assad. this move may make sense in principle but, say experts now, less
with that breaking news, what could be a pretty serious escalation in tensions between the u.s. and iran. >> it centers, this morning, a report, that the iranians have captured an unmanned american drone. for the very latest, we're joined from london by abc's nick schifrin. good morning, nick. >> reporter: good morning, rob. good morning, paula. we have no comment on this from the u.s. but the iranians claim they brought down what's known as a scan eagle drone, after it violated iranian air space. it's right now in an iranian studio. it's a small surveillance drone. u.s. navy captains used them to watch their own ships. this is not an armed drone. if the iranians brought it down, the u.s. will see that as a very aggressive action. last month, the iranians tried to shoot down a u.s. drone in the same place. almost exactly a year ago, the iranians brought down a high-tech drone, one used by the cia. that was inside iranian territory. as you said, this will raise tensions in a very sensitive area. u.s. has thousands of service members in the gulf, just a few miles from iran. and the u.s. co
>>> this is "world news." tonight, dangerous weapons. the u.s. warns the strongman of syria not to use the chemical weapons he has loaded, ready to go at an airfield. so, what will the u.s. do next? >>> made in america claims a kind of victory. apple announcing they will bring some jobs back from overseas. but is this the start of something even bigger? >>> hooked. the mom spending up to $200 a month of her virtual farm. and we'll show you other games which keep you coming back with a secret every six seconds. >>> and, the perfect gift made so easy. do you want to create this look under the christmas tree? >> oh, my god! >> scientists tonight give you the simple, amazing way to do it every time. >>> good evening. we begin with the worldwide reaction today to a dangerous move in syria. chemicals, dead lly gas loaded onto weapons near an airfield there. one drop could kill within minutes. so, world leaders are mobilizing tonight, deciding what they're going to do. and abc's senior foreign affairs correspondent martha raddatz takes us inside that story. >> reporter: today, hill
u.s. citizens from adopting russian children. the decision raising tensions between the two countries, seen for retaliation for a new law in the u.s. that seeks to punish russians for human rights violations. the ban will take effect on january 1st, that's really right away it would halt all new adoptions and end those already in progress. incredible. a lot of families in the process of adopting children in russia. >> those poor kids. >>> want to move on to the weather. lots of snow, wind, hail everywhere across the u.s. the storm that brought snow and spun off tornadoes is still not over. ten deaths blamed on the storm. more than 2,400 flights have been canceled. it could dump more snow on new england and upstate new york today. boy, they don't need that. bonnie schneider with a look at the forecast. good morning. >> good morning. the storm we've been talking about is working its way to extreme northeastern new england. it is hitting canada hard. quebec is getting more snow. i mentioned yesterday that cold air would come in behind the system. it sure has. scranton at 26. be
americans including the u.s. ambassador. a full report, everything we know about this man, coming up, coming right up here on cnn. >>> congress faces a so-called fiscal cliff and only 24 days. and it is what house speaker john boehner did not say that is drawing attention tonight. when questioned by reporters yesterday, boehner would not comment on whether there is room for compromise on the president's demand for higher tax rates, on high income americans. boehner and the president spoke by phone this week, but in public comments, appear to have no -- made no progress. >>> same sex couples are finally getting their day in court. this time, the u.s. supreme court. justices have decided to hear two constitutional challenges to federal and state laws. one case involves the federal defense of marriage act, which denies federal benefits to same sex couples legally married in their own state. the other is a challenge to california's prop 8, which took away the right of same sex marriage that had been previously approved by state courts. >>> florida governor charlie crist completed his political t
authority this that country, many are asking what this may mean in terms of u.s. involvement. but senior administration officials said there's still no plans to arm this group. yet the government hasn't ruled it out. the other issue on the forefront on the president's mind, the u.s. economy and that pending fiscal cliff. are we going to go over the fiscal cliff? >> you know, i remain optimistic that there are enough people of good will in this town that recognize our economy will be much better off, american families will be much better off if we get this done. the most important thing we can do is make sure middle class taxes don't go up on january 1. and i'm pretty confident that republicans would not hold middle class taxes hostage to try to protect tax cuts for high income individuals. >> prediction, are you going to be able to raise taxes, yes or no? >> taxes are going to go up one way or another. and i think the key is to make sure that taxes go up on the high end individuals like you and me, barbara. we can afford it. it is entirely possible for us to come up with a deal, but time
to strike the u.s. west coast? >>> the new weapon for drug smugglers. launching marijuana over the border by canons. >>> and what a day for a wedding. 12-12-12. easy for any husband to remember, as brides and grooms say i do around the world. >>> good morning, everybody. we begin this wednesday with sudden horror at the height of the holiday shopping season. a mass gunman opening fire in a crowded suburban shopping mall. >> cell phone video captured the moment when festivities turned to fear in clackamas, oregon, just outside portland. the shooter killing two people before eventually turning the gun on himself. abc's brandi hitt has the latest. [ sirens ] >> reporter: chaos inside a suburban portland mall, as a gunman opened fire on holiday shoppers. >> all of a sudden, we heard a big bang. we covered our ears and we got down. and then, all of a sudden, a matter of five seconds later, we heard rapid fire, bang, bang, bang, bang. and i just took off running. >> reporter: the shots were heard throughout the shopping center. >> it was really loud. and it continued, like 20 times.
or fire the chief. u.s. district court judge will rule whether to approve the deal at a hearing next thursday. >>> in san francisco public safety committee set to review the plan to arm some officers with tasers. chief suhr asked the commissioner august to arm the crisis intervention team with tasers as part of a pilot project. organizers are expected to speak out against that proposal they say it could be deadly. >>> some progress, still a long way to go in the efforts repair massive sinkhole in lafayette. now orinda is facing a sinkhole. alan wang has details. >> reporter: there's plenty of work to be done as the bay area starts to dry out. it took all day to trim this oak tree that fell on a home on powell drive in lafayette. tree cutters will be back and utility and construction crews will be back on month continue view drive which collapsed sunday night. several lines were snapped after debris clogged the culvert. >> they were working on the gasline, would going to restore power, ensuring that a temporary sewer line was in place. >> reporter: they began laying rocks in the creek
bloomberg says are killed in shootings each year in the u.s. >> in a democratic society, you have to come together in what the majority of people want. every time there's a poll, the majority want sensible gun restrictions. >> reporter: they're pushing for tighter gun lawns including the type of assault weapon used in the newtown massacre. >> my daughter would have been 19 december 23. >> reporter: nardine's daughter was killed in a drive-by shooting moments after she attended the funeral of another shooting victim. >> it just shouldn't take so much bloodshed. >> reporter: the group joined mayor bloomberg in a new ad campaign pressuring lawmakers to come up with a plan to reduce the number of guns on the streets. >> i demand a plan, and so should you. >> reporter: dozens of people marched against the national rifle association in washington. >> shame on the nra! >> reporter: speaking out for a political action committee, the group says the gun rights group is partly to blame for tragedies like newtown. but the executive director of gun owners of america thinks principals and teachers shou
>> pelley: tonight, would america go to war in syria? the u.s. is spying on the ctator's chemical weapons. there's new intelligence on that and word that syria may be losing its best ally. david martin at the pentagon, margaret brennan with hillary clinton, and elizabeth palm wer a rare look inside the war. >> reporter: in the hospital's intensive care unit, the men can't speak but their injuries do. >> pelley: today, the first state in the nation has legalized marijuana for recreational use, leaving cops and citizens with lots of questions. john blackstone clears the air. and what town has the winningest football team in the nation? wyatt andrews takes us to a community on hard times now riding high. >> one, two, three. captioning sponsored by cbs this is the "cbs evening news" with scott pelley. >> pelley: good evening. whether the u.s. enters the war in syria appears to be up to the dictator bashar al-assad. on monday, david martin reported that the assad regime had given orders to prepare chemical weapons for possible use to put down the revolt that has been raging in that cou
's going on. also later, new warnings that the u.s. should be prepared to intervene in syria's civil war. senator john mccain now says he's deeply disturbed by the latest reports that the current regime in damascus is preparing to use chemical weapons against its own people. >> these reports may mean that the united states and our allies are facing the prospect of an imminent use of weapons of mass destruction. year-end event. so, the 5.3-liter v8 silverado can tow up to 9,600 pounds? 315 horsepower. what's that in reindeer-power? [ laughs ] [ pencil scratches ] [ male announcer ] chevy's giving more. get the best offer of the year -- 0% apr financing for 60 months plus $1,000 holiday bonus cash. plus trade up for an additional $1,000 trade-in allowance. hurry. bonus cash ends january 2nd. you won't take our future. aids affects us all. even babies. chevron is working to stop mother-to-child transmission. our employees and their families are part of the fight. and we're winning. at chevron nigeria, we haven't had a reported case in 12 years. aids is strong. aids is strong. but we are str
parliament's effort to push for a ban on u.s. adoptions on russian children. >> the proposal is seen as retaliation at the u.s. after president obama cracked down on human rights in russia. >> name of the proposed law is the original rush yab name of one of the children who tragically died in the country. >> the russian adoption expert said the ban could put the applications already in the pipeline in jeopardy. >> if it passed it means the suspension of all cases including cases that are in process now. >> those kids over there, they need a forever hope. >> her hope is to find that hope outside the u.s. >> if the russians will let a you're peen adopt her or someone other than american, it's her one chance. >> and russian's foreign minister is against this ban but the decision is on president putin. >> here's a look at some of the stories -- this week, president barack obama's win will be made official. >> rafael nadal was off the courts for six months but this week he will play in abu dhabi in an exhibition tournament. it turns out that he needed
of the u-s house are set to return to washington on sunday -- just one day before the deadline to pass budget deal. if congress does not reach a fiscal deal before monday's deadline, automatic tax increases and steep spending cuts will take effect. an in depth look at where everything stands right now -- and we'll be talking live with our political analyst -- tonight at 5:30 >> breaking news. retired general norman schwarzkopf has died in tampa, florida. known as 'stormin norman' because of his explosive temper, he commanded the u.s.-led international coalition that drove saddam hussein's forces out of kuwait in 19-91. he lived in retirement in tampa, where he had served in his last military assignment as commander-in- chief of u-s central command. that is the headquarters responsible for u.s. military and security concerns in nearly 20 countries. he was 78. no one was hurt. storm on the way. >> borrowers, that took out a loan. could possibly have found some issues. dan kerman turks of the story from there. >> reporter: many feeble and up in a storefront office, with a quick loan, like
. reports are swirling apple is moving production of its mac mini computers to foxconn plants in the u.s. apple may also be working on a smart watch. and, the new york stock exchange landed the most ipo for 2012. larry levin of trading advantage joins us now. larry, it feels like we are already hanging off that cliff. > > it definitely feels that way. everybody is obviously watching for some kind of news out of washington. that is what has moved the market every day for the past couple of weeks. it will be no different today. so i absolutely agree with you. > should investors be concerned about the move in the volatility index yesterday? > > it was interesting to see that, and it is really something that at least active investors watch on a regular basis, so any time the vix moves, i think it is something to watch. > what do you anticipate for the friday trade? > > i certainly think that we will see more lower prices in the market. the s&ps last week went below 1400, this past week. we have seen that, and i think that really shows us that we're going to see more trade below 1400 in the s
the on going fighting in the country is growing closer to the president. officials in u.s. are now looking into reports that president's assad people are looking for place for him to go into exile. >>> they were pink to awareness of breast cancer and now professional firefighters in anne arundel county are making a big donation to the cause. a check for $10,000 to the susan g. komen foundation later today. >>> chris christie will be asking for more help rebuilding his state after hurricane sandy devastated that area. he'll then head to new york. >>> chick peas and lettuce, that's all he's eating for breakfast. newark mayor booker is now into the third day of living on food stamps. now until december 12th he agreed to eat only what he could buy for $4 a day. this idea came from a twitter conversation he had with a woman. >>> people in the u.s. can now travel to cuba. president barack obama eased restrictions earlier this year but the tourists still can't come and go as they please. there are still restrictions on what they can see and what they can do. it's been put in place by the u.s. gov
championship begins to sink in. >>> but first, the u.s. is apparently going over the fiscal cliff. in just six hours across the board spending cuts and automatic tax hikes for all americans will kick in. lawmakers say they're close to an agreement. there are still some major sticking points. randall pinkston has the very latest. >> reporter: the gnat is close to a daily as the clock ticks toward mid nature and the nation teethers on the edge of the so-called fiscal cliff. >> let's pass the tax relief portion now. let's take what's been agreed to and get moving. >> reporter: the tentative deal would extend bush era tax cuts for families making $450,000 a year and individuals making 40 o,000. it would also extend unemployment benefits for one year. president obama said he would have preferred a grand bargain that solves all of washington's revenue and spending problems. >> with this congress, that was obviously a little too much to hope for at this time. it may be we can do it in stages. >> reporter: negotiations have been going on all day, lawmakers and aids moving back and forth between meetin
noticed foreman norman r. taught to tampa after serving as commander-in-chief of u.s. central command. he was 78 years old. >> secretaries day hillary clinton is heading back to work next week. clinton's been working from home while recovering from a concussion she suffered after fainting while fighting a stomach virus. >> her return to the state farm is likely to be good news for capitol hill. clinton will testify next move for the congressional committee of the deadly attack on the u.s. consulate in benghazi. >> genetics and 20 the investigation is the sandy hook elementary school shooting massacre. >> the state medical examiner would do a complete analysis of government-that the gunman as dna. they're not looking for anything specific in the analysis and it is on likely they will find genetic clue into lanes as motive behind the shooting. >> genetics said they're genetic component to mental illness but there are many genes involved, not just a single gene or mutation. results of the dna analysis are not expected for several weeks. >> here is a live look outside at this and tell bridge
a trend, apple will soon move overseas manufacturing jobs here to the u.s. abc's david muir has the story. >> reporter: ceo tim cook now says some of apple's mac computer will next year carry the three word "made in america." cook telling bloomberg business week the company plans to spend $100 million next year to move production of the mac line from china become here to the u.s. it was earlier this year when asked about the factories they used to have here in america that tim cook talked about possibility of bringing manufacturing back. >> there isome manufacturing revive vaal in the u.s. will there be an apple product made in the united states? >> i want there to be. >> reporter: a promise there will be. at the factories in china they make 40% of the world's electronics where this year, bill welir. took you inside. apple moving their macs to america, represents a small part of the overall product line. cook made the point before that key components of the iphone for instance are made in america. the processor made here. glass in kentucky. >> it says on the back of an apple product, desi
's office and u.s. coast guard. the u.s. coast guard suspended their search a few hours after it began at noon this morning. the sergeant who we spoke to has been told the water temperature is in the mid-50s. divers wrapped up a little earlier this evening and we were told that they will reassess coming back out to the water tomorrow morning. reporting live from vallejo, jade hernandez, chase utley channel 2 news. >>> authorities have released the name of the man shot and killed near jack london square yesterday afternoon. they say michael taylor was found suffering from gunshot wounds just before 3:00 p.m. the oakland tribune reports tayl may have been walking with a group of people when someone approached taylor and opened fire. so far investigators say they don't know of a motive or have any suspect information. police and crime stoppers are offering up to $10,000 for information leading to an avest. >>> in antioch a vigil is set to get underway to remember a man shot to death there last night. police say they received reports of gunfire around 10:40 outside of victim's home. office
the u.s. and most outsiders regard as a thinly disguised test of a ballistic missile. now, the rocket was fired this morning shortly before 10:00 a.m. local time. it went on a trajectory over the japanese island of okinawa and quickly provoked expressions of anger and outrage from japan and korea, which convened meetings of security officials. the u.s. described it as a provocative act threatening regional security. now, north korea, for their part, quickly said that it was a success, that the satellite is in orbit, unlike a test earlier this year when the rocket burned up on launch. the u.s. experts have conceded that an object is, indeed, in orbit and that even the chinese have expressed regret today, lynn. >> ian williams there live for us in beijing. ian, thanks so much. >>> back here at home, michigan is now the 24th state in america with a right-to-work law. despite protests of angry union supporters, state lawmakers passed the legislation. this means both private and public workers do not have to pay union fees. and republican governor rick snyder quickly signed the bills, call
in the u.s.. a survey says it nearly a quarter of americans over age ⌜cgkve identified themselves as e-book readers. a 7% jump from last year, on the other hand number of printed book readers dropped 5%. few found that for the first time, amount of people who read e-books and net flix gearing up the city p company waited for a bill that removes restriction on cop companies from sharing video rental history. once it has the green light, users can share which movies they watched with friends on facebook. stocks closing lower on concerns about the fiscal cliff. but erasing earlier losses as news of the u.s. house will discuss the budget in a special talk sunday night. shares of oracle and cisco weighing down. tim cook is one of the companies taking a 99% pay cut this year that is not too bad. valued at $4 million but not getting stock awards last year. last year's check was $378 mill yichblt all the stock awards he got for the past decade.,ogzm that is a good number. >> yes. even for those in the media business, not so bad. we'll let you guys compare that to the calm we get in this busin
acknowledge that the media have an impact. >> reporter: so whose research to believe? who the judge? the u.s. supreme court already has. in striking down california's attempt at a violent video game law, the court had this to say about studies linking games to violent behavior. these studies have been rejected by every court to consider them, and with good reason. they do not prove that violent video games cause minors to act aggressively. >> as a society, if we focus in on the wrong issue, on something that is a red herring, that is not going to help anybody, that can distract the national conversation from serious issues. >> reporter: neal karlinsky in seattle. >> we want to know, are you rethinking your kid's video game habits? logon to weigh in. >> "the new york post" reported -- >> that's right, they're reporting that adam lanza's mother was thinking about putting him in a mental institution, committing him and he found out about it and perhaps that is why the carnage ensued. >> and we've been wondering all along, the question why. that may be one of the answers. we'll be back. >>> now
tomorrow. charlie is accused of attacking and injuring a u.s. park police officer and horse august 6th. animal care and control seized the case nine and deemed him too vicious to stay alive. more than 90,000 sign add online petition to save him. >>> police in half moon bay looking for thief or thiefs who broke into a church and made off with more than $10,000 worth of video equipment. theft happened between wednesday night and sunday afternoon. video camera, two mixers and laptop were taken. police say whoever did it, tried to steal the van. >>> spending scandal involving a strip club has caused director of the port of oakland his job. james kwan has agreed to retire this month. he's accused of running up a $4500 dinner tab at a texas strip club setting off an investigation. the port has received repayment of public funds spent on two improper period s. officials now have a new -- new set of rules, including new spending guidelines. >>> san francisco board considering legislation to expand no smoking policies in the city. land reports may be forces to tell renters if their new neighbor
on the agenda when u.s. and russian officials met in geneva today with the u.n. peace envoy. reports say after 21 months of relentless bloodshed, they agreed it was still possible to find a political solution to the crisis. but russian foreign minister sergei lavrov insisted the meeting did not mean moscow's support for syrian president bashar al assad is weakening. fierce fighting threatening to engulf the city of damascus. >>> as that battle for the capital intensifies, the stakes are getting higher in syria, and the regime is getting even more desperate. the pentagon believes government troops have loaded bombs with sarin gas in what may be the last-ditch attempt for president assad to hold onto power. but as barbara starr reports now, a u.s. military strike on syria is not without risk. >> reporter: with the u.s. now believing the syrian government has chemical-filled bombs, cnn has learned the pentagon is secretly updating military strike options for president obama in the event he orders action. a senior u.s. official tells cnn a strike could be carried out with the ships and aircraft al
, for the month of november. it was a bit of a surprise. the u.s. added 146,000 jobs last month. this drops the unemployment rate to 7.7%. if this is the lowest since december 2008. we will see how this news impacts the market is when they open and about 50 minutes, but some positive news on the jobs front. >> a month after his reelection. president obama has his highest approval rating in more than a year. an associated press poll finds that the president's rating stands at 57% to highest since may of last year. when a seals killed al qaeda leader osama bin laden. the poll also finds more americans think the nation isdirection. 42 percent say that the country is on the right track and a majority believe is likely mr. obama will improve the economy. >> the u.s. supreme court is scheduled to meet behind closed doors began today to consider reviewing the legal issues regarding same-sex marriage. that includes the challenge to california's controversial proposition 8. if the court refuses to review the prop. 8 case same-sex marriage would be legal in california and same-sex couples could marry
. also u.s. and russian diplomats met in moscow again sunday trying to broker a cease-fire. as david martin reports there's growing concern that al qaeda is influencing the rebels. >> reporter: videos set to show the aftermath of a syrian air strike shows graphic evidence of a life-and-death battle, which high-level diplomats say is bad and getting worse. despite its air power, the assad regime appears increasingly defensive. it includes a global number of radical islamists. >> the jihadees are getting big and bigger. the longer the conflict goes on, the bigger it will get. >> reporter: the gee ha des are an offshoot of al qaedas in iraq. according to jeffrey white, a former analyst for the defense intelligence agency, they are now turning the tide against the assad regime. >> they are very good fighters. they are -- they give the rebels a combat edge. they're quite willing to die, they fight on all key fronts, they're involved in many of the key actions. these are not people we want to win. >> reporter: but the rebels making inroads on damascus itself, monitoring of syrian bases lik
congress about the september 11th attack on the u.s. consulate in benghazi, libya, but had to cancel because of her health issues. clinton was already scheduled to step down as secretary of state next month. president obama has nominated john kerry to be her replacement. >> marlie hall in new york this morning. >>> also today is the final day of fiscal cliff negotiations. hope of reaching a wide-ranging deal in automatic spending increases and tax cuts is all but gone. spending would be reduced and cuts would be felt in all areas of the government. economies have warned that going over the cliff would cause a spike in unemployment and trigger another recession. this morning the senate reconvenes with the aim of reaching a smaller deal, one that might spare millions of americans from paying her taxes. danielle nottingham reporting now from washington. >> lawmakers are still working on it. >> i want everyo one to know i' willing to get this done but i need dance partner. >> the main sticking point between democrats and republicans continues to be over the threshold of tax increases. pr
'll start with martin at the pentagon. >> reporter: u.s. intelligence so far has not detected any signs syria is loading chemical weapons on to aircraft, but defense secretary panetta said it appears the embattled assad regime is preparing to do just that. >> there is no question that we remain very concerned very concerned that as the opposition advances, in particular on damascus that the regime might very well consider the use of chemical weapons. >> reporter: monitoring of syrian basis like this one has pekd up evidence engineers have loaded the chemicals which combine to form the deadly nerve agent sarin into bombs that could be dropped airplanes. satellites have seen trucks moving among want bunkers where the weapons and agents are believed to be stored. u.s. officials say the evidence is strong but circumstantial not definitive. but that combined with fighting infighting in the suburbs of damascus, has led to fears of what the assad regime might do. we asked jeffrey white, a former analyst for the defense intelligence agency, what would happen if the rebels cut off damascus? >> i
surprise to everybody. >> this is a very strong number. i think only u.s. government now can stop this kind of job growth. a fiscal cliff go over -- >> snatching victory from the jaws. >> a superstorm. nothing can stop the generation of jobs in this economy. >> there's a great article today in one of the papers about how apartment building, we have a shortage of apartments and shortage of housing and shortage of autos and shortage of office buildings developing, shortage of shopping centers, shortage of shopping malls. this is what begins a movement. you have to hire eventually. now you could say people are not looking for work, come on. look, jobs are here. they can -- it can be just easily reversed if you have no idea what is the future because of washington. >> given the data points that we've had in terms of claims numbers that did reflect an impact from sandy, they said 85,000 jobs or 86,000 jobs were sliced because of impact of sandy. average hours worked unchanged. doesn't that -- i don't know -- doesn't that bring into question a little bit the participation in the survey. how can i
's a shortened trading session for christmas eve. u.s. equity markets will close at 1:00 p.m. eastern time. bond currency and commodity trading they're going to end early. in japan, indonesia, the philippines, they were all closed in europe. only the uk, french, dutch and spanish stock markets are open and they're going to be closing early. there are now only five trading sessions left in 2012. get your act together. stocks and bonds, solid gains so far this year. the dow has advanced 8% in total. the s&p 500 up almost 14%. the nasdaq has jumped 16%. it's been a good year. the end of the year also means we are just days away from the fiscal cliff, however, and that's the bad news. and looming tax hikes, spending cuts, all of that. both sides warning a very big deal becoming a bit more unlikely. >> and my one bit of advice to speaker boehner is this. you cannot pass a bill with just republicans. on a broad thing like this, you need both. and he has put himself with plan b and sort of an impossible position. he has to get these hard right goes to go along with him. and he and the president were go
, there were more than a 11 million immigrants living in the u.s. compared to 2007. they say the number will not go back up any time soon because of our declining economy. >>> the dutches was released from a london hospital. this is new video of her lifing with prince william. the palace reports she is pregnant with their first child and is less than 12 weeks pregnant. the hospital is apologizing after getting tricked into diverging -- divulging her condition. they called the hospital pretending to be the queen and prince charles. the dutches nurse divulged her condition and sleeping pattern. >>> ahmed wali karzai has made harsh criticisms about the united states and that story is coming up this morning. >>> and john macphee could be released after entering you' all mall illegal -- guatemala illegally. he said he left belize to escape police persecution. >>> a man pushing another man to his death has been arraigned. he was taken to custody on tuesday. they caught the confrontation on tape monday. davis reportedly told the police, the victim would not leave me alone so i pushed him. >>>
. >>> john mcafee said sunday that he wants to return to the u.s. he wants to live in the u.s. or england. he a judge has yet to rule on whether he has political asylum. >> police in belize wants to question him. >>> today was the first day at same-sex couples in washington state were able to marry. there were 140 people that registers. the mayor is calling it a great and joyous day and seeing a new civil right being recognized. >>> we have your sports coming up but first a gift that is sure to spread holiday cheer. gas prices continue their downward tread and the president and speaker of the house john boehner meet in person to play the fiscal cliff version of let's make a deal. that is all ahead when kron 4 news continues. [ female announcer ] for those who love sweets, your season is here. let's just call it the baking time of year. you need special ingredients. you need the staples. that's a given. you need safeway sugar for just $1.97. and that magic thing that makes everyone want another -- only $2.99 for challenge butter. and when hands get messy, quite surely they'll say, "yum! wow! y
on adoptions to the u.s. this was russia's response to president obama's anticorruption law. it denies russian officials from getting u.s. visas if they were associated with human rights violations. >> it's tragic these children are potentially going to fall victim to senseless politics. >> reporter: the national council for adoption says with 700,000 russian orphans the kids are the ones caught in this political web. >> most of them have been matched with children. they consider these children part of their family already. they've introduced them via pictures and other methods to their siblings here in the united states. and it's really heartbreaking. >> reporter: a heartbreak that could become a reality that can do nothing but wait, watch and hope. >> we're the fong family. we want to provide a home to at least one boy from russia. and we have a home, we have a loving family. we're hoping that all this can move forward and this will be the last christmas he's alone. >> reporter: in reference to this ban, the u.s. state department spokesman said quote, it is misguided to have the fate of chil
to track u.s. submarine using the technology he learned on the job working for the navy. the information included the technology and procedures required to find the subs. hoffman delivered that information to fbi agents posing as an undercover operation. >> that was andy fox reporting. >>> now for a look at your friday weather, nicks meteorologist dylan dreyer is here with the forecast. it happens to be our favorite one. >> i know. it is a good day but, yeah, you know, yesterday was so much colder than it has been. we're actually starting to see a pattern shift here. we are going to see colder air start to work in behind this cold front that is bringing a whole lot of rain through portions of the great lakes through the ohio river valley. basically the country is split in half. the northern part of the country is seeing all this messy weather mostly in the form of rain but the southern half of the country, minus a couple of clouds, really not seeing too much of anything. in fact, most of our warm temperatures are down through the gulf coast states as well. this cold front is going to mov
're in the "cnn newsroom." i'm joe johns. fredricka whitfield is off. u.s. investigators are looking into whether a man detained in egypt played a role in the attacks on the u.s. consulate in benghazi. egyptian authorities have detained muhammad abu ahmed. he's a well known jihadist who was released from prison after the downfall of former president hosni mubarak's regime.diotti i york. what do we know about the arrest of the aleng ledged terrorist suspect? >> he was picked up a couple weeks ago in ejimegyegypt. joous authorities suspect he may have been involved in the consulate attack in benghazi on september 11th that killed chris stephens and three other americans with direct knowledge of the investigation. the u.s. source tells me the fbi which is conducting the investigation, has not had access to him yet. the source says following the attack, ahmed very quickly popped up on their radar, so they have been looking at him for some time. the official would not comment on what led them to him. joe. >> so what do we know about this guy? he's a radical, certainly, and he's been on the radar, but
't know much yet only when the u.s. military is telling us from the war zone. we do know the american doctor's name is dr. dilip joseph. u.s. military officials tell us he was kidnapped by taliban insurgents on wednesday near kabul. today, american and afghan troops working together found and rescued him from taliban captivity. we'll let you know more details as we get them in here on cnn. >>> egypt's opposition isn't backing down, despite president mohamed morsi's cancellation of a decree. his critics called it a power grab. they're opposed to referendums scheduled next weekend on egypt's new constitution. >>> and now the 2012 winner of the heisman memorial trophy is -- johnny manziel. >> he is known as johnny football. and tonight he made history. texas a&m quarterback johnmy manziel won football's prestigious heisman trophy. he's the first freshman ever to win the award. manziel led a&m to a 10-2 record including a monumental victory over previously undefeated alabama. >>> here's what else we're working on. on nba legend sits down to talk with me about his incredible life and facin
a surprise attack on the u.s. naval base at pearl are bar in hawaii leaving more than 2,400 americans dead and drawing the u.s. into world war ii. then, president franklin roosevelt dubbed it off course, "the day which will live in infamy." the death toll is climbing in the philippines after a powerful typhoon washed away a string of villages. more than 400 people were killed and hundred of others they're still missing. the flooding was so widespread, two emergency shelters turned into death traps. >>> a new government climate report warns that flooding from future storms will likely get worse. thanks to sea levels rising faster than ever. scientists say global sea levels will rise 8 inches and 6 1/2 feet by 2100. since 1992,the levels rose half an inch. 8 million americans live in areas prone to coastal flooding. so learn how to swim everybody. >> temperature warms up. glaciers, ice caps melt. sea levels go up. >> wear a life preserver at all times. >>> here is a look at your weather now on this friday. showers in the midwest. and northeast. wet at time from the carolina coast done throug
criticism over her first response to the attack that killed the u.s. ambassador to libya. margaret brennan is at the state department. margaret, good morning. >> reporter: good morning, norah and charlie. cbs news has learned susan rice privately began expressing doubts about her nomination to friends this week saying the attacks had reached a fevered pitch. then yesterday she had a phone conversation with president obama and withdrew her name from consideration as secretary of state. >> i would have been very honored to serve in that job, just as i'm delighted to do what i'm doing. but yes, sure how can you not want to in my field serve at the highest possible level? >> reporter: last night u.n. ambassador susan rice explained why she asked president obama not to consider her for secretary of state. in an op-ed she wrote, quote, a national security appointment, much less a potential one, should never be turned into a political football. there are far bigger issues at stake. on twitter she posted those of you who know me know that i'm a fighter, but not at th
in colorado, connecticut, massachusetts, new york and tennessee. it's intended to make u.s. schools more competitive on a global level. >>> cbs moneywatch now. delta considers a stake in virgin airlines and ashley morrison has more. >> reporter: good morning. asian markets were mostly higher on improved manufacturing data from china. tokyo's nikkei edged up a fraction to a seven month closing high while the hang seng lost more than 1%. on wall street concerns over the fiscal cliff appear to have been out weighed to the strong start. the dow was up 15 points finishing above 13,000 while the nasdaq added 43 points. so far there's been no resolution of the strike by clerical workers at the ports of los angeles and long beach. the strike enters it's seventh day today, slowing traffic at the nation's busiest cargo complex. dock workers are refusing to cross the picket lines. clerical workers said management has been outsourcing their work. delta airlines is looking to buy 49% stake in virgin airlines owned by singapore airlines. 51% of virgin atlantic is owned by richard branson. virgin is th
, you know, when we think senator demint we think of a tea party stronghold within the u.s. senate and helped and also hurt a number of republican candidates. who were they? >> reporter: that's right. great. let's start with the senators now. obviously, who he helped elect. this is the positive side of his millions and his work. marco rubio, pat toomey. very conservative, anti-tax, anti-government purists in the mold of jim demint. however, he also backed in republican primaries a number of republican candidates who simply were not electable according to the republican establishment and the establishment was right. for example, remember christine o'donnell, i'm not a witch, from delaware. ken buck of colorado. and others. so those are some of the reasons why he definitely has ruffled many a-feather with the party leaders and i have to tell you first thing i saw when the senate republican leader mitch mcconnell released a statement today was making the point that demint had, quote, uncompromising service. didn't have to read between the lines too much to see there's a backhanded com
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